DMV expands documents accepted for immigrant driver license

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California has expanded the list of identity documents that immigrants in the country illegally can use to apply for a driver's license.

The state Department of Motor Vehicle said Tuesday that immigrants can now use passports from Tonga, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea and consular cards from Colombia and Ecuador to apply for a license.

The documents join a long list of passports and government-issued identification cards that can already be used to apply for a license.

The DMV has also stopped accepting foreign birth certificates except during a so-called secondary review process that includes an interview with a DMV investigator.

California began issuing driver's licenses this year to immigrants in the country illegally. So far, the DMV has issued more than 381,000 licenses under the program.